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Correctional Officer Salary (United States)

A Correctional Officer earns an average salary of $34,997 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career. A skill in Safety Compliance is associated with high pay for this job.
Correctional Officer Salary (?
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$24,692 - $60,305
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $34,996
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Correctional Officer Salary (?
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$10.61 - $22.30
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$24,692 - $60,305  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,036  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$24,496 - $56,927  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 888
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.61 - $22.30  
   
Overtime
$13.66 - $39.24  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,036  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$24,496 - $56,927  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 534
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Job Description for Correctional Officer

A correctional officer works at a prison, jail, or similar institution. They are responsible for maintaining the safety and control of all persons remanded to the custody of the facility. The help ensure and enforce all procedures and regulations as required by the jurisdiction and management.
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Correctional Officer Tasks
  • Responsible for transporting or moving prisoners.
  • Receive and secure prisoners until their release.
  • Maintain security of the jail or institution.
  • Supervise prisoners and maintain security, rules, regulations and cleanliness in correctional facility.

Common Career Paths for Correctional Officer

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Pay by Experience Level for Correctional Officer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

San Diego
up arrow 79%
Chicago
up arrow 61%
Los Angeles
up arrow 54%
New York
up arrow 36%
Draper
up arrow 35%
Salem
up arrow 18%
Boston
up arrow 18%
Miami
up arrow 15%
Baltimore
up arrow 15%
Orlando
up arrow 4%
National Average
$34,000
Atlanta
up arrow 1%
Houston
up arrow 2%
Raleigh
up arrow 15%
Augusta
up arrow 19%
Columbia
up arrow 24%
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Experience Affects Correctional Officer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 34%
Experienced
up arrow 13%
Mid-Career
up arrow 5%
National Average
$34,000

Skills That Affect Correctional Officer Salaries

Safety Compliance
up arrow 52%
People Management
up arrow 2%
Security Policies and Procedures
0%
National Average
$34,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 242 votes.

Gender

Female
28%
female alumni
 
Male
72%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 10%